Definition of “smoke” - English Dictionary

“smoke” in British English

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smokenoun

uk /sməʊk/ us /smoʊk/

smoke noun (GREY GAS)

B1 [ U ] the grey, black, or white mixture of gas and very small pieces of carbon that is produced when something burns:

cigarette smoke
a tiny smoke-filled room
The fire produced a pall (= large mass) of smoke visible 20 miles away.
Plumes of smoke billowed from the chimney.
She leaned back thoughtfully and blew a puff of (= a small amount of) smoke into the air.
go up in smoke

to be destroyed by burning:

Because of the fire, hundreds of houses went up in smoke.

Something that goes up in smoke fails to produce the result that was wanted:

When the business went bankrupt, 20 years of hard work went up in smoke.

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smokeverb

uk /sməʊk/ us /smoʊk/

smoke verb (BREATHE SMOKE)

A1 [ I or T ] to breathe smoke into the mouth and usually lungs from a cigarette, pipe, etc.:

Do you mind if I smoke?
I used to smoke a packet of cigarettes a day.

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(Definition of “smoke” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“smoke” in American English

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smokenoun

us /smoʊk/

smoke noun (CLOUDY AIR)

[ U ] a cloudy gray or black mixture of air and very small pieces of carbon produced by something that is burning:

The building filled with smoke.
Nobody died in the fire, but three people were treated for smoke inhalation.

smoke noun (ACT OF SMOKING)

[ C ] an act of smoking

smokeverb

us /smoʊk/

smoke verb (BREATHE SMOKE)

[ I/T ] to breathe smoke into the mouth or lungs from burning tobacco

smoke verb (PRESERVE)

[ T ] to preserve and add a smoky flavor to meat, fish, or cheese using smoke from burning wood:

They smoke the fish over wood chips.

smoke verb (PRODUCE SMOKE)

[ I ] to produce or give off smoke:

The oil in the frying pan started smoking.

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(Definition of “smoke” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)